Working With Education & Nurturing Future Talent

With GEMX we will connect you directly to the companies who are currently blazing a trail in the engineering and manufacturing sector. We’ll help you develop the skills and mindset to fulfil your personal potential and build an outstanding career. We’re passionate about supporting young people on their journey into industry – developing the skills and resilience it takes to get their foot in the door, and prepare them for a successful and exciting engineering career with a salary to match.

GEMX Support For Education & Students


There are many excellent resources and groups in the North West. At GEMX, we’re determined not to replicate this support but to act as a funnel where schools and young people can come to us and find what they need.

GEMX will provide a pipeline of communication between education and industry by providing a first point of contact. We’ll signpost facilities and build relationships between schools and industry. Encouraging this kind of open communication will ensure that GEMX is helping education and industry to understand what is needed.






Do you want to make a difference to the world? Do you enjoy applying maths to real world scenarios? Are you interested in a job that improves health, happiness and safety. Then you’re in the right place. There is so much opportunity within the engineering and manufacturing sector. From welding to wing designing, explore career progression pathways, opportunities to train on the job and even travel.

At GEMX we want to create a work environment that new generations will find exciting, well-paid, rewarding and comes with superb career prospects.

We want to support them develop in-demand skills like creativity, problem-solving, great communication, teamwork and focus. Most of all, we want to ensure the successful and diverse range of companies in our region continue to thrive and grow so they can offer our young people a reason to stay in he North West and build a happy and purposeful life.

Here are just some of the ways we can help:

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Remember – engineers are natural born problem solvers, and your skills will always be in demand.

GEMX Engineering & Manufacturing Companies

From sausage rolls to circuit boards, the profile of our membership is growing all the time. There has never been a better moment to get involved. Drop us an email at and find out what GEMX can do for you.

Education Routes

There are lots of different ways to build a career. Some are well known, some less so, but they are all equally valuable. When considering these different pathways it’s worthwhile thinking about your own needs and learning preferences.

Here are some general differences between vocational and academic routes. Neither is more right than the other, they simply represent different approaches to progressing your career.


  • Practical learning
  • On-going assessment
  • Focus on technical skills
  • Earn as you learn
  • Gain hands on experience
  • Prepared for further study


  • More general area of study
  • Heavily reliant on exams for assessment
  • Limited practical application
  • Limited development of soft skills
  • Can be expensive

Student & Education Success Stories

Ava Canney

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Jemma Ashford – AE Global

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NWRC’s first female Fabrication and Welding Lecturer

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Chloe makes the finals of Apprentice of the Year

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Terex Female Fitter Academy

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VERTIV Engineering Apprenticeship

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Local Gems

Discover how these inspiring people followed alternative pathways to find their dream career.

Conor Quinn
Dara McGilligan
Jacob Young
Arolco Engineering Solutions
Thomas McAleer
Arolco Engineering Solutions
Katie Green
Liam Gallagher
AE Global
Emma Doherty
Coilean Black
Aaron Koskela
Nuprint Technologies
Jemma Ashford
AE Global
Laura Quinn
Lynn Hartin
DuPont Apprentices
Gareth Barr
The LYCRA Company
Mark Olphert
The LYCRA Company
Jack Folland
The LYCRA Company
Denise Hasson
Jeffrey McLaughlin
GB Engineering
Emma Morrison
Jake Burnham Hand
Seating Matters
Emma Coyle
Massimo Riggio
Niall McCready
Phillip Curran
Engineering is much more than work – it is challenging and exciting and enables you to change things!
Ava Canney, Ex Head Girl of St Mary’s College, Student at YALE